Dept.of Geography News & Events this Week - 3/12/13

March 12, 2013 (click banner for webpage)
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Ready for market. Emma Gaalaas Mullaney is working with a campesino family selling their garden crops in a tianguis (street market) in the city of Ozumba, Mexico.
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Joel Burcat’s (B.S. ’76) story, “Executioners," is an Honorable Mention winner in the Valhalla Press Legal Professionals Writing Contest. It will appear in the Spring 2013 issue of Ragnarok, the e-lit journal of Valhalla Press. “Executioners” is a chapter from his environmental legal thriller manuscript, “Drink to Every Beast.”



Mallory Henig, (B.S. ’12) FEMA Map Specialist with the Michael Baker Corporation, passed the Certified Floodplain Manager exam through the Association of State Floodplain Managers, Inc.



March 15 Coffee Hour: The Justices and Injustices of REDD+
Speaker: Thomas Sikor
• 3:30 p.m. Refreshments are offered in the E. Willard Miller seminar room, 319 Walker Building
• 4:00 p.m. The lecture begins at 4:00 p.m. in the John J. Cahir Auditorium, 112 Walker Building
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Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) may become an important part of the international climate architecture in coming years. REDD+ seeks to tap the potential of tropical forest management to mitigate climate change, utilizing financial transfers to tropical countries to entice forest management that avoids carbon losses and enhances carbon stocks. This takes place on the background of entrenched economic, political, and cultural inequalities characterizing tropical forest management. Read more.

My research engages gender in multiple ways
Emma Gaalaas Mullaney was recently interviewed by the The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)in recognition of Women in Agriculture Day.
“My research engages gender in multiple ways. For example, I work closely with farming households and analyze the gendered divisions of labor and decision-making involved in agricultural production. I conducted the oral histories and participatory observation with both female and male members of a given family who are involved in different aspect of maize cultivation, use, and marketing. I also work with both female and male agricultural extension agents and scientists, examining commonalities and differences in their work experiences and practices. I am interested in how gender interacts with other forms of social difference to shape our work and our everyday lives.” Read more. 

March is Women’s History Month and March 8 was International Women’s Day.
Related stories:
True Sustainability Requires Gender Equality
Women in Agriculture 


AAG Reception

Join us at the Department of Geography Alumni and Friends Reception during the AAG Annual Meeting in Los Angeles

Friday, April 12, 2013

7:00  to 9:00 p.m.

Bonventure Brewing Company, on the patio

RSVP by April 2 to




Spring 2013 GEOGRAPHY newsletter
The spring 2013 Department of Geography newsletter is now available digitally via the department website and issuu.  Highlights include:
Undergraduate Student Spotlight:  three students are double-majoring in film and geography
• A graduate student’s idea to use drones to save lives in a natural disaster
Faculty Q&A with Christopher Fowler
Alumnus Profile: Brendan Wesdock, president of GeoDecisions
• NEW! Research Summary on intensification and biodiversity conservation
• Community updates from alumni, faculty and staff, graduate and undergraduate students


(New events and deadlines on this list are highlighted.)

March 13       Extended abstract submission deadline for no)Boundaries
March 13       Department of Meteorology Colloquium "Improvements and remaining challenges
                    in the parameterization of microphysics and its impact on deep convection"
                    with Hugh Morrison at 3:30 p.m. in room 112 Walker Building
March 14       Visioning discussion for a student-run farm at Penn State, 7:00 p.m., location TBD. 
                     To attend, sign-up here.
March 15      SYWIG Day
March 15      NCGE Calls for Proposals for the E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller
                    Geography Education Research Grants
March 15      Coffee Hour with Thomas Sikor
March 16      EMEX
March 16      Department of Geography Graduate Student Retreat.  More information.
March 22      Coffee Hour/Miller Lecture with Frank Davis
March 22      Department head deadline for spring 2013 theses and dissertations
March 22–24  The Twenty-Eighth Annual Graduate Exhibition
March 23     no)Boundaries conference, first floor, Deike Building
March 29     EMS financial conflict of interest training for investigators 4:00 p.m.
                   in 262 Willard Building
April 5         Pennsylvania State Geographic Bee
April 12       Department of Geography Alumni and Friends Reception during AAG in Los Angeles.
                  RSVP by April 2
April 19–21 Blue–White Weekend
April 26       Department of Geography Recognition Reception 
May 3–5      spring commencement

See more events and deadlines on the Student Calendar



March 15–16   Annual Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Student Symposium      
                     (ECMSS) at the University Park campus
March 15–16  Biennial Conference on Appalachian Geography and Geography Education
March 16       Voices of Resistance: Communication and Social Justice, Communication Graduate
                    Conference at Penn State. For more information:  [PDF]
April 5–7      Workshop on Critical Climate Change Scholarship, University of Minnesota

April 9–13    AAG Annual Meeting   

April 16–19    International Mining Congress and Exhibition of Turkey in Antalya  

April 22–26    International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment in Beijing, China 

April 23–25    European Navigation Conference in Vienna

May 8           Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium at Penn State

May 13–17    Summer Institute on Contested Landscapes at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

May 21–24    The National Map Users Conference in Denver, Colorado

June 3–5        2013 PA GIS (Geospatial Information Systems) Conference in

                    State College, Pennsylvania

July 8–12      Esri International User Conference

July 16–18    The Society for Conservation GIS, Monterey, California 

August 15–17  Asian Urbanism and Beyond 

August 25–30  International Cartographic Conference (ICC) in Dresden, Germany

October 18-19  AAG Middle States Division Annual Meeting

October 24–26  Geographies of Labor, 35th Annual North American Labor History Conference

                       at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
October 30–November 2    AAG Middle Atlantic Division Regional Meeting

                                      (jointly with AAG Applied Geography Specialty Group)

November 6–8   International Greening Education Event in Karlsruhe, Germany 




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